Horoscope Titanic: Over Mercury retrograde, and a solar hybrid eclipse

100 years ago the Titanic sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean – claiming more than 1500 lives. If ever proof was needed of the fallibility of human ambition, the Titanic surely provides it. Her makers claim that the ship was ‘unsinkable’ mere hubris. The Titanic was much more than the largest and most luxurious ship of her age, a hundred years later it remains the most famous disaster in maritime history. She carried not only over 30 millionairs, but also a polyglot mixture of the many peoples of Europe heading for a new life in America. Be this as it may, rich and poor alike, nature overpowered them all.

The Titanic set sail from Southampton on April 10th 1912, at 11.58 am(calling first at Cherbourg, then at Queenstown in Ierland), she struck the iceberg on April 14th 1912 at 23.40 ship’s time (a difference of 2 hours and 58 minutes with GMT, which is the time used in the chart). The co-ordinates are those given by Captain Smith to the wireless operator and sent out in the subsequent distress call: 41 N 46,  50 W 14. On April 17th 1912 – just two days after the sinking, there was a solar hybrid eclipse.

Titanic leaves Southampton (click on chart for larger image)

Horoscope: Titanic hits the iceberg

Solar hybrid eclipse, 17 April 1912, location set for Belfast, which is where the ship was built and first set sail from.

The ascendant of the eclipse chart is in exactly the same degree as the ascendant of the departure of the Titanic from Southampton. The eclipse falls in the 28th degree of Aries, and is conjunct Mercury. When all three horoscopes are lined up, it is clear that Mercury ruler of travel, but also the guide of souls to Hades, has a prominent role to play. In all three horoscopes Mercury is retrograde, suggesting glitches in communication. If the iceberg warning sent out by the Mesaba had reached the deck, perhaps the disaster could have been avoided. This fateful message, stated quite clearly that there was a lot of heavy pack ice, and large icebergs directly on the route the Titanic was taking. Surely such an experienced captain as Edward Smith would not have ignored it.

In the departure from Southampton horoscope the Moon, is in the last degree of Capricorn. The Moon rules the miniature world onboard the ship, and the Titanic’s passengers and crew mirrored Edwardian society itself with all its snobbery and awareness of social etiquette. In typical Capricorn fashion, distinction was made between those travelling first class, and steerage – this extended through to the loading of the lifeboats, though there was a policy of  ‘women and children first’.  Men were ‘expected’ to die nobly and go down with the ship. Those men who did survive the tragedy often found themselves branded as cowards. The ship’s owner Mr. Ismay, almost immediately regretted getting into the last lifeboat.

In the departure from Southampton chart the Moon squares the eclipse degree. In some ways, the sinking of the Titanic heralds the loss of a way of life. In 1914, the  First World War broke out, men were slaughtered in their millions, and women went to work.

Mars the eclipse ruler sits uncomfortably between Pluto and Neptune and is ill placed in watery Cancer.

At the time the Titanic struck the iceberg, the Moon (the passengers and crew) is in Neptune ruled Pisces and square to Pluto, which clearly expresses the dreadful, terrifying predicament these poor people found themselves in. (eye witness accounts of the disaster)

It seems to me that the unusual and powerful solar hybrid eclipse of April 17th, is drawing these dramatic events towards itself.

BBC: Titanic Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean

Over Liz Hathway

Liz Hathway is a British born astrologer currently based in Amsterdam. Liz studied astrology at the Kosmos in Amsterdam, at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and with well known horary astrology John Frawley. Liz also holds an MA (with distinction) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, from the University of Wales, in Lampeter, and was short-listed for the 2016 Alumni Association MA CAA Dissertation Prize.
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